River of Forms: Giuseppe Penone’s Drawings at Philadelphia Museum of Art, through February 26, 2023
“In celebration of an exceptional gift of drawings by one of Italy’s leading contemporary artists, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a major exhibition examining the poetic vision of Giuseppe Penone, whose artistic production from the late 1960s to the present invites a timely rumination on the relationship between human experience and nature. River of Forms: Giuseppe Penone’s Drawings demonstrates the centrality of drawing in the artist’s work through a selection from the important gift and related sculptures. The exhibition conveys Penone’s extraordinary range of mark-making techniques and traces his explorations of drawing as an interface between artist and nature.“ — Philadelphia Museum of Art
The artist commented: “At the foundation of every single work of art the fascination and wonder that the world and its matter provoke is always felt. It is that fascination that the work, even a simple drawing, can evoke through its signs, its colors. This thought makes me believe and hope that the public will be able to share and appreciate my work, which I hope will manage to convey a sense of participation and belonging. A drawing is both the tracing of a person’s hand, and it is the imprint of a thought. This group of drawings is a journey through the ideas that have nourished my work, and my hope is that the public will be able to feel and to share this energy.”
River of Forms: Giuseppe Penone’s Drawings at Philadelphia Museum of Art was curated by Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, with Lara Demori, Ph.D., Research Associate.